Bernard Malamud

Bernard Malamud (măl´əməd), 1914–86, American author, b. New York City, grad. College of the City of New York (B.A., 1936), Columbia (M.A., 1942). His works frequently reflect a concern with Jewish tradition and the nobility of the humble man as well as with the burdens of conscience and the redemptive nature of suffering. His novel The Fixer (1966; Pulitzer Prize), set in czarist Russia, reveals the courage of a handyman falsely accused by the government of ritual murder. The Tenants (1971) describes the confrontation of two writers—one Jewish, one African American—and probes the nature of the art of writing. Among his other works are the novels The Natural (1952), A New Life (1961), Dubin's Lives (1979), and God's Grace (1982); and the short-story collections The Magic Barrel (1958), Idiots First (1963), and Rembrandt's Hat (1973), gathered together in The Collected Stories (1997).

See biography by P. Davis (2007), memoir by his daughter, J. M. Smith (2006); studies by J. Helterman (1985), J. Salzberg, ed. (1987), S. Solotaroff (1989), E. A. Abramson (1993), P. Davis (1995), and M. U. Shaw (2000).

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Selected full-text books and articles on this topic

The Columbia Companion to the Twentieth-Century American Short Story
Blanche H. Gelfant; Lawrence Graver.
Columbia University Press, 2000
Librarian’s tip: "Bernard Malamud (1914-1986)" begins on p. 353
A Reader's Companion to the Short Story in English
Erin Fallon; R. C. Feddersen; James Kurtzleben; Maurice A. Lee; Susan Rochette-Crawley.
Greenwood Press, 2001
Librarian’s tip: "Bernard Malamud" begins on p. 252
In the Mainstream: The Jewish Presence in Twentieth-Century American Literature, 1950s-1980s
Louis Harap.
Greenwood Press, 1987
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 6 "From Shlemiel to Mentsh: Bernard Malamud"
The Schlemiel as Metaphor: Studies in Yiddish and American Jewish Fiction
Sanford Pinsker.
Southern Illinois University Press, 1991 (Revised edition)
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 5 "The Schlemiel as Moral Bungler: Bernard Malamud's Ironic Heroes"
No! in Thunder: Essays on Myth and Literature
Leslie A. Fiedler.
Beacon Press, 1960
Librarian’s tip: "Malamud: The Commonplace as Absurd" begins on p. 101
Racial Conflict and Multiculturalism: Bernard Malamud's "The Tenants." (Black-Jewish Relations)
Spevack, Edmund.
MELUS, Vol. 22, No. 3, Fall 1997
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Plenty of News: Bernard Malamud's 'The Letter.'
Lasher, Lawrence M.
Studies in Short Fiction, Vol. 31, No. 4, Fall 1994
Contemporary American Novelists
Harry T. Moore.
Southern Illinois University Press, 1964
Librarian’s tip: "Bernard Malamud and the New Romanticism" begins on p. 65
Storied Cities: Literary Imaginings of Florence, Venice, and Rome
Michael L. Ross.
Greenwood Press, 1994
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 13 "Glass Menageries: The Venice of Hecht and Malamud"
Between Two Worlds: The American Novel in the 1960's
Sanford Pinsker.
Whitston, 1980
Librarian’s tip: Chap. IV "Christ as Revolutionary/Revolutionary as Christ: The Hero in Bernard Malamud's The Fixer and William Styron's The Confessions of Nat Turner"
Defenses of the Imagination: Jewish Writers and Modern Historical Crisis
Robert Alter.
Jewish Publication Society of America, 1977
Librarian’s tip: "Updike, Malamud, and the Fire This Time" begins on p. 233
Phoenix from the Ashes: The Literature of the Remade World
Carl B. Yoke.
Greenwood Press, 1987
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 15 "Bernard Malamud and Russell Hoban: Manipulating the Apocalypse"
The Celebration of the Fantastic: Selected Papers from the Tenth Anniversary International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts
Donald E. Morse; Marshall B. Tymn; Csilla Bertha.
Greenwood Press, 1992
Librarian’s tip: "Dolorous Strokes, or, Balin at the Bat: Malamud, Malory, and Chretien" begins on p. 103
A Library of Literary Criticism: Modern American Literature
Dorothy Nyren; Dorothy Nyren.
Frederick Ungar, 1960 (3rd edition)
Librarian’s tip: "Malamud, Bernard (1914-)" begins on p. 315
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